Episode # 32 – “Failure is an opportunity to learn something new!” – Vidura explains!!


In the previous episode we had witnessed yet another important attribute wherein a “Panditha” is a person who does not have unwanted desires towards anything or anybody in this world. He/she only possesses those objects that add value to life and do not desire for more and more objects just to fulfill the social status.

Now moving on to the next attribute, Vidura explains to King Dhirdhiraashtra thus,

“Aapathsu cha na muhyanthi na raah panditha buddhayaha!”

Here Vidura explains that a “Panditha” is a person who does not get scared if there is any danger that threatens his way! In other words, in our daily lives we would notice that dangers and obstacles would keep coming and going every now and then. If we’ve to get scared for all of them, we would not be able to lead our lives with peace! It is to be noted keenly here that I’m not saying we should ignore the dangers completely and avoid them. That is not the point here. If we see a potential danger coming towards us, we should rather prepare ourselves to face it and win over it. All I’m trying to say is that we should not develop a fear for the danger and sit in one corner of the room and brood over it! Many a times we end up doing this. If there is a potential problem or a danger, many a time we succumb to it and start worrying about it.

Here, I shall request all our readers to perform a small exercise – Take a small paper and a pen and try to list down the potential dangers/problems that had crossed your life over the past one year. Once the list is prepared, try to analyze each of the problems and ask these questions to yourself – Has that particular problem ended this year? Is there a concrete solution for that problem? What is the status of that problem today? Many a times we would notice within ourselves that even before the problem or danger comes by, we would start fearing about it six months in advance! As a consequence what happens is that, because of the fear, we fail to prepare ourselves with the corrective measures to face the problem effectively! This is why we always say that never fear for any problem or a failure or an obstacle. Let it come by. Only if there are failures in life, we would be able to learn something out of it. If everything is a success in life, what is the charm in it then? As per the proverb, “Failure is the stepping stone for our successful life!” we should treat failures or obstacles as opportunities to correct and refine ourselves, rather than fearing it!

Even in modern day HR interviews, many of the smart interviewers ask this question – “Talk about your failure in life!” This is one question that would gauge an individual in various parameters – Whether this person likes to take risks in life, whether this person is experienced enough in “problem-solving”, etc. if the candidate replies “Oh! I’ve never failed in my life!”, it means only two things – Either the person hasn’t done anything new in life, or the person would not be capable of handling a sudden problem or a failure, if anything comes by in future! Hence, we should not be afraid to fail. We should welcome failure or obstacles or problems with both hands and try to analyze, critically think and come out of it successfully.

This is exactly what Vidura explains to King Dhirdhiraashtra – If there is a potential danger or an obstacle that is coming in front of us, we should not develop a fear for it but rather plan in advance, create a counter mechanism to take on the obstacle and to win over it! This is what we term in modern day management studies as “Risk Management”. Thus we need to understand that problems, obstacles, failures, etc. would be part and parcel of life and we need to be prepared to face them!

Thus moving on to the next attribute, Vidura explains to King Dhirdhiraashtra thus,

“Nischischayaha prakamathe naantathvasathi karmanaha!

Avadhya kaalaha vashyaathma sa vai panditha ucchyathe!!”

Thus a “Panditha” is a person who performs all the important duties that had been perpetually carried out by his ancestors over generations. A “Panditha” is also a person who does not waste time in doing “petty” activities that would just be a waste of time. He would involve himself in those activities that are of high importance and those that would add value to him as well as to the society at large! This is a very important attribute again with respect to the effective usage of time and effort. From all these attributes we can see how much of importance is Vidura giving for “Time Management”. In previous episodes also we’ve seen innumerable attributes of a “Panditha” with respect to managing time effectively. Here too, Vidura explains that a “Panditha” is a person who directs his effort in such a way that he does only those activities that would benefit the society and add some value, rather than wasting time in doing unwanted activities.

Thus for today, let us introspect within ourselves and critically analyze our day-to-day activities. Let us check how much of time do we waste in performing unwanted activities and let us consciously make an attempt to cut down on those activities step by step! We shall wait till the next episode to explore more attributes of a “Panditha”. Stay tuned! 🙂

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at International School of Business & Media, Pune, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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